Plastic Perfection

Cosmetic procedures done on kids often lead to extensive body injuries and low self-esteem.

Physical surgery has irrefutably evolved over time from reconstructing extensive bodily injuries to merely altering natural characteristics that one believes are blemished or imperfect. Over the years, the practice of body modification has become shockingly commonplace. What used to be reserved for adults and reconstructive purposes is rapidly edging into the lives of adolescents, oftentimes stimulated by their own parents.

Just recently, a YouTube video featured a mother forcefully holding down her infant son while he was being tattooed. Just as disturbing as the video were the comments from viewers; some consider this  act analogous to a mother¡¯s piercing an infant¡¯s ears, a common practice.  Another instance of such acts occurred last January, when self-proclaimed ¡°Human Barbie¡± Sarah Burge sparked controversy by presenting her 7-year old daughter Poppy with a bizarre Christmas gift: a $11,000 voucher for liposuction, a follow-up to a $9,300 voucher for breast augmentation. Though tattooing and such operations only require parental consent for patients under the age of 18, it is altogether unacceptable altogether for a parent to introduce her children to the idea of modifying physical appearances at such a young age.

According to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, the side effects of receiving a tattoo may be fatal for toddlers.  Tattoos provoke allergic reactions that may eventually lead to diseases. The same goes for cosmetic surgery. Any sort of operations done on a young, undeveloped person has a risk of complexities such as permanent scarring or infection, which can sometimes be fatal. Parents who idiotically presume that they are investing in their children¡¯s future must  realize that growing and developing adolescents will eventually disfigure as they age, in consequence of extreme cosmetic procedures.

The problem of physical alterations performed upon youngsters does not end there, however. The often painful ¡°gifts¡± that parents present their children ties in with the grave issue of the rapid decline of morals in our society. It is true that parents have the right to their children¡¯s affairs over all matters. Nevertheless, by means of inflicting physical pain and ethical degeneration on their children clearly shows that the parents are dissatisfied with the way their kids look. This further shines light on yet another disconcerting fact: these parents carelessly brush off the well-being and proper education of their children, but immerse themselves in advancing their children¡¯s physical image. It is highly likely that these easily influenced youngsters will inherit their parents¡¯ imprudence to a certain degree, and consequently take up a synonymous mindset.

In our morally deprived society, attempting to implement sound judgement may be a lost cause.